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Hi All

I've just bought a used Yamaha YTS62 tenor for one of my sons (just taken his UK Grade 8) & am seeking advice re. the best mouthpiece & ligature to get the most out of this instrument.

Any advice would be really helpful !!

Thanks so much in advance ...

Tracey
 

dooce

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If only there was an easy answer Tracey.... The best mouthpiece is the one that suits him and his style of music the best, and in my experience, the only way to establish that is to go a suitable saxophone emporium with the newly acquired sax (and a very nice one it is too) and work your way through a few with the help of a knowledgable salesperson. Places like Sax.co.uk, Dawkes, Howarths; but these are fine if you are in the south - maybe if you let us know where you are, you will get some more specific advise.

Hi All

I've just bought a used Yamaha YTS62 tenor for one of my sons (just taken his UK Grade 8) & am seeking advice re. the best mouthpiece & ligature to get the most out of this instrument.

Any advice would be really helpful !!

Thanks so much in advance ...

Tracey
 

kevgermany

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I can only second Bill's advice. But you may get some hints if you tell us what he's been playing on so far to get to grade 8 and what music he likes to play.
 

What

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I wish I could do more then just give a third support to the previous advice. You might want take him to a place he can test out different mpcs to find the one that's best for him. One piece of advice for you though. Since you are trying to get the most out of a quite expensive instrument. Do not feel that that that requires an expensive mpc. It's really a matter of what works. Some players are just as happy with a 40 dollar mpc as others are with a 500 dollar one.
 

TomMapfumo

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Hi Tracey!

I would say that a YTS62 leans more towards a brighter sound than darker sound. It then depends on what sort of sound he would most prefer to be making on his sax, and what he has been using up to now. When I played a brighter sounding tenor sax (a Yanagisawa T901) I preferred a richer fuller sound and my search was among slightly darker mouthpieces (LeBayle Jazz and similar).
If you could get him to come on to the forum I am sure we could all help with the situation.

The important thing is NOT to buy one for him - too big a risk. Where are you in the UK? We should be able to advise as to where you might want to go to try some mouthpieces. Also some online shops do offer a sale/return or trial period to anywhere in the UK.

Hope this helps
Tom
 

Greg Strange

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62 series Yamahas are pretty mouthpiece and user friendly horns - plonk any mouthpiece on and she'll be right.

If your son is playing many styles and doing music exams a good starting point maybe an Otto Link hard rubber mouthpiece and a Rovner ligature - but like the rest of the guys say go to a good horn shop and try out as many different mouthpieces and ligatures as possible. Nowadays there is so much stuff on the market and options available.

On my 62 series tenor I use Meyer 6M hard rubber, Berg Larsen 100/0 metal, Otto Link hard rubber 6, E Rousseau Studio Jazz 4 hard rubber, Otto Link Super Tone Master 7* metal and Brilhart Level Air 7 metal - and they all work very well.

Good luck...

Greg S.
 
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